David Carr of The New York Times looks at the arrival of tech money and ideas into journalism with the recent involvements of Pierre Omidyar, Laurene Powell Jobs, Jeff Skoll and Jeff Bezos as new journalism proprietors. Technology and journalism, once antagonists, are giving "bromance" a try, he writes. Carr also interviews Omidyar, and while there are no details of his new enterprise (that includes Glenn Greenwald, among others), there is the sense that it will aim to be general interest in nature and recognize the challenge of getting people to pay for the most serious elements of journalism.
Others have examined the role of the article in digital article --- as a means, not an end --- but Frédéric Filloux in his latest Monday Note has an extensive look at how the story serves as a gateway to knowledge in the newer environments of technological sophistication. Filloux notes the article serves as an audience concentrator, an entry point to the web's depths, and a potential promotional vehicle that will drive (with the proper separation of editorial and marketing) revenue.
This will be a big week in the drive to create a new form of press regulation, or self-regulation, in the U.K. The Guardian notes the results of two recent public opinion polls on which approaches have the most support. It appears the public wants an independent press, but also an independent form of oversight. Draft contracts on a self-regulatory system will be circulated this week, and it is unclear how many newspaper companies will sign on.